Knowing When to Ask for a Raise

Knowing When to Ask for a Raise

  • February 02, 2017
Discussing a raise generally seems like the hardest thing to do at work. It feels like a gamble we’ve already lost, and that’s why most of us don’t even bother to ask (although it might just be about time).

Nobody likes to feel rejected, and refusal could possibly mean a heavy blow to one’s self-esteem. So how does one proceed with caution? Is there some sort of cheat-code the more successful among us aren’t sharing? No, no there isn’t.

The truth is that it’s all about timing: there are certain periods when your boss will feel more inclined to give your salary the level-up it needs. Here’s what to look for:
Overall company health and performance is the first thing to analyze, if your company has been landing big deals and making a lot of money, giving a few employees a raise would not be out of the question, the opposite should not be pondered upon for long.

Other employees getting raises is also probably a good sign to ask for one but be warned, mentioning other employee raises will not aid the cause, asking for a raise should first and foremost be about personal endeavor and skill.

Choosing a time when employee raises are on the table will make the process smoother for those involved, this usually happens when companies are giving performance reviews. Not only will this make your request timely but it will also provide your boss with concrete evidence of the good work you’re putting in!
Picking a “good time” to discuss a raise also has to do with your boss’s professional and personal rhythm: find a time of the day when your boss is usually in a good mood and chatty; conversations of the sort tend to end badly when the person involved is tired because of a heavy work load for instance.
Some ideas also include asking during the morning, when people are more emotionally open, others state that asking on a Monday will not give positive feedback as opposed to asking on a Friday when people are in a generally better mood. But the most important factor of all is the fact that you feel convinced that you deserve a raise, and when you feel confident enough to ask for it you probably deserve it but be sure to stay humble and have concrete proof of the contributions you’re making to the company.

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